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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 14, 2014 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Anyone else out there get this Dear John email?

"Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to help protect your PC.)

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

How do I stay protected?

To stay protected after support ends, you have two options:

1)Upgrade your current PC

Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1, blah, blah, blah...

2)Get a new PC

If your current PC can't run Windows 8.1, it might be time to consider shopping for a new one. Be sure to explore our great selection of new PCs. They're more powerful, lightweight, and stylish than ever before... and even more wordsy marketing crap.

Learn more!"

Desktop OS Market Share as of February 2014 according to Net Applications

Windows 7 > 47.31%
Windows XP > 29.53%
Windows 8 > 10.68%
Mac OS X > 7.69%
Other > 4.43%
Vista > 3.10%
Linux > 1.48%

Linux anyone?

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Mar 14, 2014 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Of great interest is how many are running Win7, even further out of date than XP. That huge number is comprised of a lot of big corporations, who can't afford the downtime/testing/upgrade for Win8. (We run Win7 Enterprise at the office and company laptops, and that system is basically 7-8 years old. Corps need a solidly tested, bullet-proof, non-bloated system.) Your third option is to avoid dangerous websites, and PRAY. And be certain any vital data is backed up! I've seen too many hard drives fail after 5-10 years service, but only one I knew for sure was still solid after 15.

Considering how cheap the computer is, it'll be worth it to buy a new machine when yours finally breaks down. It's turned into a commodity item like the printer, or your washing machine. Where they really got you by the nads is on printer inks and software...

Curious - after Win, Max, and Linux... what is other? (Basic? Cobal?)

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2014 4:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

I just checked. Apparently I have Windows 7.

Is that bad? Is there any reason I'd want Windows 8? I have no clue, except that I also have Microsoft 2013 and pretty much hate it. (Maybe it doesn't run well with 7? Never thought of that. It just seems slow and like it has some weirdly clunky features. Of course the brain space I allocate to computers, other than yelling at them, is approximately equal to my knowledge level -- e.g., infinitisimal.)

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Windows 7 is just fine. You don't necessarily NEED Windows 8. There are some nice features and improvements, but there are also some changes and things that you might not want or need.

You'll have this no matter which platform you run on.

When you say Microsoft 2013 you really are referring to Office 2013. I don't know what there is to hate specifically because that software package is pretty damn good.

Though for the basic stuff its like buying a high horsepower car to drive it down the main street at 20 mph.

You might do better with Open Office for just some standard type stuff.

https://www.openoffice.org/download/index.html

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2014 8:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

What's in Open Office? All I need on any regular basis is Word.

BTW the prime thing that drives me batty about 2013, at least in the version I have, are things like this: Whenever I open a document file, it opens up the last ones I worked on first. So I have to sit there while it opens a couple of unnecessary documents. And for some reason my computer is super slow, so this is really aggravating. (Do I need more ram or whatever? I've started asking around about that, but don't quite trust the shops ... I don't want it wiped and then find that not everything was included in the backup -- "oh whoops, sorry" -- which happened to me once.)

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Mar 15, 2014 9:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

It has the equivilent of Word.
There's also the offshoot of Open Office called Libre Office.
They both work really well (in my experience anyways).
Here's a short article:

http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/review-apache-openoffice-4-vs-libreoffice-41-224280

https://www.libreoffice.org/


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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2014 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Thanks, beep. Looking at both of them ... here's my favorite section from Libre on Writer:

The Autocorrect dictionnary checks your spelling as you type

LOL!!!!!!!

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Mar 15, 2014 10:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Oh Heavens to Murgatroyd! Now we're in trouble!

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 9:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

It is really tough to say exactly without specifications of your machine and some diagnostic information.

It does sound like something with Word not closing properly or something as that is the only time I have experienced it opening documents in that fashion.

Is there anything about recovery files on the left hand side of the window when you open Word? That would be an indication of the application being closed or crashing.

Performance could be down to RAM or a slow hard drive and many other things.

I would refer back to my previous analogy though - if all you need is the most basic of Word processing features I would go with something tailored to those needs.

Open Office is a suite of applications just like Microsoft's Office Suite - to bad neither are as stellar as Weather Report Suite.

Give Open Office a download and install. You will have a Word-like application that will provide the same functionality and possible perform a bit better on your machine.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 15, 2014 10:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

I've seen it do that on other computers here too. Could be a local issue if that's not normal.

Yeah, there are often recovery files on the left hand side. Even if I shut everything down. Grrr.

I need Word processing, but also need to send docs to people with regular Word and not have them need to go through any extra steps, as well as to receive docs and work on them. (I work as a writer/editor.) Does it do that?



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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 16, 2014 4:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

You will have support for both the .DOC and .DOCX formats.

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Poster: PhD9 Date: Mar 14, 2014 4:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

This is indeed a great excuse to try Linux. I recently ended up with Ubuntu on my machine, not because of the XP issue but because a hardware issue effed up my windows installation and I couldn't reinstall without butting up against "Windows Genuine Advantage"

So I'm a suddenly satisfied Linux User.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 14, 2014 5:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

I'm not the dullest knife in the drawer, but I'm not the sharpest either. I have a very basic familiarity with Ubuntu (and other OS-ALT). Where did or would you start? Which version of Ubuntu did use?

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Poster: PhD9 Date: Mar 14, 2014 5:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

has what you need. I chose a slightly different distribution but it has since been updated automatically. It's not for everyone, (some things are best accomplished from the command line) but I have been able to find open source software that does absolutely everything I used to do on Windows.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 14, 2014 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Thanks. I'll let you know how it goes. S.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Mar 14, 2014 12:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Cue Monte rant in 5... 4... 3... 2...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 14, 2014 1:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

!!!

;)

[OMG--that was sooo good...sorry, M!]

To be honest, how can anyone still be using XP and not be an old fart like me? Seriously--I find this shocking news since a new PC is practically given away when you buy a carton of smokes (ahem...not that I am sayin; just saw it at the nontaxable, "reservation store", the other day).

I have an XP-er around here somewhere that only runs "Panzer General"...and Word Perfect (anyone recall when THAT was "bigger" than Word? 1985: I told the IT guy, "okay, this is the LAST time I switch to a program YOU insist I adopt, after I just got done fig'ing out the OTHER one you made me adopt..."...I used WP for two decades...had to give it up for the same "non support" via the Uni...bastards! I went to rag on the original IT guy: he died. Crap.).

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 14, 2014 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Agree with WT.

Reply of the day...no, make that week...perhaps even month.


Outstanding.

J.K., MB

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Mar 15, 2014 8:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Thanks. Not trying to pick on Monte, though. I think he's already posted something about this, no? Anyway, I don't think he'd deny that it's the exact kind of thing that gets him pretty riled up!

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Poster: timewarpwiretap Date: Mar 14, 2014 6:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

This must be a mistake. Bill Gates is golfing buddies with Obysmal. You know, that man of the people who offers endless hope & change. He would never allow a powerful corporation to rape & pillage the common folk.......

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Mar 14, 2014 7:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

After testing out dozens of distros over the years I've settled in with Linux Mint. No complaints so far.

http://www.linuxmint.com/index.php

All of the linux distros come out with upgrades annually but the nice thing is they're all free and they work on lots of older boxes.

The Microboogers XP and 8 I keep in Virtual Boxes on an exterior drive and use them as needed. But I do keep them updated.

https://www.virtualbox.org/

In Linux the Software Manager is your friend with billions and billions of free apps.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Mar 14, 2014 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Yes S. I remember posting this fact a few months back.
my IT guy forewarned me~~
You saw it and responded. I cant find it right now...
But yup, bad news for all of us who are out of date.
That's how the computerized world works: Buy new ones
cuz we screwed you with the old ones.
Can you imagine a beer that never runs out??
Companies need to make more $...
March comes in like a lion and XP goes out like a lamb in April.
And the difference between crap 8 and crap 8.1 is huge.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 14, 2014 5:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

"And the difference between crap 8 and crap 8.1 is huge."

What does this mean? Just curious. I know they're coming out with 8.1.1 soon. Will that be crap to the third power?

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Poster: craven714 Date: Mar 15, 2014 6:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

crap to the 3rd...lmao
Basically< as it has been explained to me, and as noticed:
windows OS goes from ok to bad to ok every version. alllll
the way back to 95. It seems like a simple process of improving, but it does have those set backs. I received
a 8.0 as a gift from my brother so I cant complain. I am gr8ful. But again, the 8.1 solves some problems that 8.0 has. I don't have all the answers. but for the time being~ go for the 8.1 over the 8. And if the cycle serves
on track, logic says skip the next version after 8.1
I hope that satisfies your curiosity for now, or confuses
you even more. And I know there a crap load of people
around here that could help you more than I. see monte?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 14, 2014 2:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

I'm using SKYNET. I never have to turn my computer off!!!

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 14, 2014 5:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Gimme money. That's what I want.

Right now, 95 percent of the 2.2 million ATMs in the world run Windows XP, according to a report by Reuters. Furthermore, Microsoft ends support for the 13-year-old operating system on April 8, only a third of the ATMs currently running XP will have been upgraded to something newer.

But unlike your home PC, which will be on its own after April 8, ATMs will still get security updates and other necessary operating system maintenance—so long as they pay up.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 14, 2014 11:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Microsoft set forth a clear path for their product and made bank's aware of the life cycle of the system in 2007.

The bank's ignored it and got more years out of the system.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 14, 2014 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8TxO4EmryU

(One of my favs of theirs. I tend to run early with my likes.)

I don't begrudge a person/company making a profit. This isn't about that to me. It's shoddy and a little dubious, but that is the way those folks have always operated. I am going to give an OS-ALT a go.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Mar 14, 2014 9:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Amazing what a good cover band they were. I love their earlier stuff too.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 14, 2014 2:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obpEz_U6flE#t=36

Just like Apple's marketing has everyone duped. The media and "I don't like change" folks have planted the Windows 8 sucks thought.

8.1 is fantastic in MANY ways. Its no perfect. None of the systems out there are.

Certainly, I'm not a fan of the metro apps and all the tablet type nonsense - but you do not have to use it if you do not want to.

The full screen start menu is really great once you start using it. I think the main flaw is how they don't build it for you with your most frequently accessed items, but instead plaster the stuff they thing folks will want and then it just completely throws you off.

Many many improvements over Win7.

You also have the choice to run XP still and that is fine. There might be exploits, and there might not - though there probably will be.

But c'mon cheapskates you got your $$ worth out it over the past 12 damn years.

Amazing how Microsoft is the big meanie for deciding to EOL a system they have maintained way longer than they should have but Apple kills their stuff off after 3 years and makes you buy an entire new unit with the Apple tax and everyone just bends over and takes it.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 14, 2014 3:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

I do not recall seeing a perishable date on XP when I bought the computer. XP is working just fine- it 'aint broke, but will be by the company. Though it may be like taking your granddad's Studebaker to the prom, I find the software to be still quite serviceable. The only thing I can not do is make my own music vids b/c Windows Movie Maker is not supported by XP.

Also, maybe this is not so much a first world problem. What % of the 29.53% XP users maybe can not easily buy a new PC? I am the only one in my household still using XP (3 on 7, 1 on 8) so for me it's mostly pissing and moaning, but I'm sure for a few million folks it will be a big problem.

(But they aren't in the first world, so f' em.
-Microshaft)

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Those darn Linux guys are doing the same thing!

http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php

16 Petra Ubuntu Saucy Supported until July 2014.
15 Olivia Ubuntu Raring Supported until January 2014.
14 Nadia Ubuntu Quantal Supported until April 2014.
13 Maya Ubuntu Precise Long term support release (LTS), supported until April 2017.
12 Lisa Ubuntu Oneiric Obsolete since April 2013.
11 Katya Ubuntu Natty Obsolete since October 2012.
10 Julia Ubuntu Maverick Obsolete since April 2012.
9 Isadora Ubuntu Lucid Obsolete since April 2013.
8 Helena Ubuntu Karmic Obsolete since April 2011.
7 Gloria Ubuntu Jaunty Obsolete since October 2010.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 15, 2014 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

How much does Linux cost?

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Poster: Ach Chew Date: Mar 16, 2014 3:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Der jokes dey it is not alveys getten here. Tryen de Knock-knock.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Mar 15, 2014 5:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

About a gigabit or so download of your bandwidth for the really decent distros. But there are many to choose from.
I tried literally dozens before going with Mint.

http://distrowatch.com/

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 15, 2014 7:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

So if one was to make a direct comparison between a Windows OS and an OS-ALT it wouldn't work. One you pay for, one you can dl for free. Kinda apples and oranges.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 10:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Certainly apples and oranges in that one you buy and the other is free.

It doesn't change the fact that there is a life cycle to these systems and eventually support for them will end.

Just because you bought a computer from Dell or whoever with Windows XP on it 7 years ago doesn't entitle you to support for the system as long as you desire.

If you had installed a free open source OS you would still contend with similar circumstances and you would certainly contend with a steeper learning curve in terms of maintaining the system yourself - though they have improved the process drastically in the Linux world.


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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Mar 15, 2014 10:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Pretty much, although you can "buy" Linux install CDs/DVDs for a few tiny bucks if you don't like the idea of installing from an iso file. It mainly just covers shipping costs. And you can have both OSes on the same computer (for weaning purposes or to decide that "This farking Linux sucks! Oh why did I let myself get talked into this vicious evil commie plot!")

Some articles thatt might help:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/1366/how-can-i-install-ubuntu-without-removing-windows

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer

And of course:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkPcdXGD8vo


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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 9:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

The computer you purchased and the operating system running on it are 2 different things.

All software companies have a life cycle for their products.

I don't know why everyone is acting so surprised about this. Its not like they just sprung this on everyone last week.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 15, 2014 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

But this isn't just any ol' software- it is fundamental. One can change their browser or media player or yet another version of Pong easily. This involves technical skills that are a bit more complex for the average bear and/or a capital investment in a hardware upgrade that some folks may not have the coin for. The kicker is that the OS is not broken, but that they will be breaking it.

Company A sell me a product that works just fine for many years. Then Company A comes back one day and breaks it. Hmmmm.

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 1:03pm
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Breaks it? Where is it said that Microsoft is going to make XP not function anymore...

It will work just fine.

They just no longer support the product or release any updates to the software.

Effectively - the warranty is expired and you're own your own.



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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 15, 2014 1:16pm
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>It will work just fine.

I don't think we are going to agree on this cc.

However, I think we do on this > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewj535wnvoc

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 1:56pm
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I reckon so... Though I do prefer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s52IbrfEZMo





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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 14, 2014 3:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Hey CC, so I got 8, and haven't "let" my system "update" to 8.1, but it sounds like I should, that it won't really cause me any difficulties whatsoever, eh? You seem happy, right? Meaning, currently running 8, if I say "yes" next time it asks if I want to update, no biggie?

Or, will I crash and burn and hold it against you forever?

;)

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 14, 2014 10:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

I reckon you will be pleased with the changes in 8.1.

It allows you deviate more from the Metro interface (though I do like it for the Photo Gallery and the live tiles in Start. The weather application does some neat stuff as well) and live in the standard Windows interface.

The "Start Menu" button in the bottom left also has a right click option that reveals a jump list to a bunch of tools that is quite useful and a "why did it take them this long to add that" sort of thing.

In the Full Screen Start Menu there is a nice little arrow that takes you to the All Apps area and then various sorting options but I just hit the Start key and then type what I want so the search automatically finds it. That works really well.

Not sure if you're an IE guy but I also set that to only use the Desktop version because the full screen implementation is quite awful. That's in IE under Internet Options > Programs tab > Choose How You Open Links > Always in Internet Explorer on the Desktop.

There's your free consultation... Anything further is billable ;p

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 15, 2014 1:27pm
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Thanks for the detailed update/advice; much appreciated...

I got over the "YOU must upgrade!" blues some time ago, but I still like to whine, and I really do always just learn the minimum to be able to do what I have to do (and frankly, it is inefficient having to continually change over, but oh well...in a uni setting, it is largely "free"...).

Over the yrs I have gotten nothing but good advice from folks here about puters and software, etc.; it's nice to be able to tap folks, who like you, are always nice about sharing and tailoring for whomever is asking (ie, without being too arrogant, folks generally seem to understand the other folks, like me, being a Luddite, or what have you...).

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Poster: clashcity Date: Mar 15, 2014 2:47pm
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I understand folks want to use things till the very end.

Computers are much like cars these days - no one is buying cars to keep it for 10+ years. The darn thing likely won't even last that long.

That aspect is kind of unfortunate but when things change so drastically in tech in very short amounts of time its somewhat unreasonable to expect to not have something adversely affect a system that has been around for 12 years.

Anyway - always glad to help someone have a better computing experience.

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Poster: PhD9 Date: Mar 14, 2014 4:53pm
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8.1 is indeed an improvement over 8. My main complaint is that by trying to have 1 OS for all sorts of devices, they're putting a bunch of crap software on PC's that they don't need.

It's just bloat.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 14, 2014 6:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

Thx, phud 9--yes, I can see exactly what you are speaking of...as a complete moron, I feel like they tried to "make" my PC more like my phone, user experience-wise, if that makes sense...and though I don't have major issues w 8-0, I did turn off the swipe aspect (if I have that right) cause every time I touched the mouse I'd changed screens all of a sudden...

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Mar 14, 2014 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Microshafted: Even though tens of millions of people use XP, f'em

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